How often do you treat yourself?

How often do you treat yourself? Probably not enough. That’s why you’re invited to a special day of eats, talks, and pampering – just for you and the girls!

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It’s that time of year again! Gather your girlfriends and make your way to Melrose Arch in Joburg for a day of spoils at the annual – and the unmissable – Essentials reader event. Be inspired by guest speakers who will be sharing ideas from career advice for those thinking of starting their own business, to fashion trends and tips. Plus, find out how to plant your own veggie garden, and create tasty meals with ingredients grown by you.
Spend time pampering yourself at the pop-up beauty stations, where you can get your make-up touched up, and be treated to a mini-manicure from Sorbet. And you and the gals won’t go hungry – or thirsty – on the day. Each ticket will come with a complimentary snack from a food truck, and free drinks including Boland vino, Cape Brewing Company Raspberry or Peach Krystal Weiss beer, Bombay Sapphire G&Ts infused with botanicals, and Sir Fruit juice. Oh, and not forgetting dessert – enjoy an indulgent scoop (or two) of artisanal ice cream to satisfy your sweet tooth. So, get your girlfriends to clear their schedules on Saturday 4 November 2017 – tickets are limited to 100 ladies, so book now via; you don’t want to miss out! Especially because everyone gets a free, fab goodie bag and a delicious cupcake from Belle’s Patisserie to take home.

Yanic Klue realised there was a gap in the market for luxury pet care and accommodation, so in 2015 she opened South Africa’s first five-star dog hotel and daycare centre in Cape Town, which now has a 90% occupancy rate. She’ll share her career advice and the benefits of being your own boss. @Frits Dog Hotel and Daycare Centre is based in Cape Town.

8th Avenue director Jain McGuigan and designers Monet Viviers, Martie Walker and Liz Ogumbo discuss upcoming fashion trends, as well as how to take those looks direct from the runway and make them your own. They will also provide suggestions on how to make sustainable fashion choices.

Permaculture specialist Mike Pierce will talk about how to create your own sustainable growing system that’s not only good for your garden, but for your health too. He will also give tips on how to be water-wise and reduce household waste. Mike Pierce is a permaculture trainer based in Joburg.

Johan Du Preez aka Chef Panda is a nursery specialist for seed supplier Starke Ayres, who also happens to be a qualified chef. He explains how to sow herbs and veggies from seed, and then demonstrates how to cook summer meals with fresh ingredients straight from the garden. Chef Panda is based in Joburg.

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